Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know today, Wednesday, Sept. 18. 2013. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. GUNMAN PORTRAYED AS AGITATED, ERRATIC
A month before the Navy Yard rampage, Aaron Alexis complained that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings, police say.
2. INVESTORS FOCUS ON FED MEETING
Many expect the agency to announce that it will slow its economic stimulus.
3. WHAT MOSCOW SAYS IT WON’T AGREE TO
Russia’s top diplomat insists that the U.N. resolution governing Syria’s handling of its chemical weapons cannot allow the use of force.
4. BATTLE OF ATTRITION, MUCH LIKE LARGER CIVIL WAR
Rebels have besieged a prison in northern Syria for five months, trying to free the inmates.
5. HOW NJ BOARDWALK FIRE BEGAN
The massive blaze was sparked by old wiring compromised by saltwater and sand during Superstorm Sandy, authorities say.
6. ACAPULCO VACATIONS TAKE HARROWING TURN
Tens of thousands of tourists are stranded in the Mexican resort city by floodwaters.
7. WHO’S GIVING GUN OWNERS THE BRUSH-OFF
Starbucks says firearms are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it’s stopping short of an outright ban.
8. FROM INTERNET SENSATION TO MURDER SUSPECT
A young woman who became famous for online videos of her uncontrollable hiccups goes on trial in a Florida murder case.
9. IPHONE’S SENSOR A SELLING POINT
The AP’s Anick Jesdanun says the fingerprint sensor that unlocks the new iPhone 5S makes the phone worth the extra $100 cost all by itself.
10. ‘MAD MEN’ WON’T END NEXT YEAR AFTER ALL
AMC says the show’s final season will be split into two parts — seven episodes will air next spring and another seven in 2015.